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Theatre skills academy planned for Thurrock

18th March 2010

The government has announced plans to create a GBP 13 million skills academy to train people to work in the theatre industry.

Shahid Malik, the Thames Gateway minister, revealed that the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Skills will be based at the Royal Opera House Production Park in Thurrock and is expected to open in 2012.

The institution is being constructed to help the UK meet its anticipated need for 30,000 technical theatre staff by 2017 and will offer industry-led training and apprenticeships to build skills in the creative sector.

Mr Malik claimed the academy will support the Royal Opera House Production Park's role as a creative quarter in the Thames Gateway and help theatres across the UK.

Prime minister Gordon Brown added: 'The National Skills Academy will position the UK as a global leader in cultural skills and training, plug the creative and cultural skills gap and deliver what employers and young people need to boost skills.'

Last week, Mr Brown and culture minister Margaret Hodge unveiled the GBP 600,000 Creative Bursaries scheme, which will help graduates from deprived backgrounds access internships with established arts companies.

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